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Why wont my 3.5 y/o go to bed?

He says he hates his room, hates his bed and pillows, we just spent over $500 to redo his room into a "big boy room" and got him a big boy twin bed in May. This just started about 3 weeks ago. he use to watch tv/ movie to fall asleep but now we took that awa since he wont go to bed. we allowed him to read in bed with a light on, now he goes ballistic if the light gets turned off he has to sleep with the light on and 2 night lights, he comes out of bed about 15 times a night, his father and i are stressed and lacking much needed sleep. we read to him give him a bath and calm him before bed, he refuses, cries, hysterics we put him to bed at 9pm he got out of bed 3x by 11 and was up until 3 screaming his head off and coming back into our bed, please any suggestions will help

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Asked by NicksAshALee at 10:46 AM on Oct. 27, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Could it be that the new furniture looks scary in the dark? You can give him melatonin to help him sleep. It's a natural OTC supplement that aids in sleeping.

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 10:56 AM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • Maybe it was the switch to his bedroom.

    I heard of the no-cry sleep solution. Basically, you sleep in his room for a while. See if he'll sleep with you next to his bed (sorry). Once he gets used to that, let him fall asleep, but leave. When he wakes up, bring him back to his room and stay there until he goes to sleep. It's pretty much like weaning him from your presence.

    Maybe that will help.

    Answer by jlry_ldy at 11:05 AM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • Melatonin worked ok for my dd for a couple nights but she would wake up during the night and refuse to go back to sleep then it was a battle to get her togo back to sleep but she has nightmares and a monster* that keep her awake at night so it may work for you i mean i put her to sleep fine but it didnt keep her to sleep

    * the monster is actually a real person who did somethin terrible to her so that person seems to haunt her now I geuss it should though

    Answer by Redneckmomma19 at 5:14 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

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